Golf: Singapore Open champion Song Young Han to defend title in 2017 edition

Song Young Han holding the champion trophy of the 2016 SMBC Singapore Open held at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course.
Song Young Han holding the champion trophy of the 2016 SMBC Singapore Open held at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - South Korean Song Young Han, who held off American star and then world No. 1 Jordan Spieth to win this year's SMBC Singapore Open, confirmed on Tuesday (Nov 22) that he will defend his title at the 2017 edition.

The US$1 million (S$1.4 million) tournament held at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).

Song, 25, is the world No. 82 and expressed delight at returning for the Jan 19-22 event. He said: "I tend to enjoy new situations. When I turned professional and participated in my first tournament, I tried to just enjoy the moment.

"Having won the SMBC Singapore Open it will allow me to start the new season as a defending champion and I think it will put me in a great frame of mind."

That win in January this year was Song's maiden professional victory. He has since finished second twice in other JGTO events, including at last week's prestigious Mitsui Sumitomo Taiheiyo Masters.

He is currently fourth on the JGTO money list, having earned more than 82 million yen (S$1.05 million) this season.

He will be joined at the Singapore Open by three-time winner Adam Scott, ranked seventh in the world, and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, the world No. 15.

Golf equipment maker TaylorMade was announced as the tournament's official equipment supporter for the second straight year.